amianthus

noun
am·​i·​an·​thus | \ ˌamēˈan(t)thəs \
variants: or amiantus \ -​ntəs \
plural -es

Definition of amianthus

: fine silky asbestos

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First Known Use of amianthus

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amianthus

Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos, from amiantos unpolluted, pure, from a- a- entry 2 + -miantos (from miainein to pollute)

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“Amianthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amianthus. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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